Pitching with some semblance of command is very important, and Saturday’s game between NC State and Boston College was another case in point. State’s pitchers were all over the place, while BC starter Jacob Stevens lived around the strike zone and led the Eagles to an 8-3 victory.
NC State starter Sean Adler did not make it out of the first inning, surrendering four runs on four hits and one walk. He managed only 22 pitches before being replaced by Johnny Piedmonte, who did his job by keeping BC off the scoreboard for the next four innings, but wore down at the end of his relief effort.
The Wolfpack got back into the game with a two-run sixth-inning that shaved BC’s lead to 4-3; unfortunately, State’s pitching and defense fell apart in the bottom half of the sixth, allowing the Eagles to post another four-spot.
Piedmonte gave up a pair singles in the bottom of the sixth, leading to his ouster in favor of Joe O’Donnell. O’Donnell proceeded to commit back-to-back throwing errors on weak dribblers to the left side; the first cost State a run at home plate, and the second cost State an easy out at first base. The Pack probably should have gotten out of that inning without allowing more than one run but instead gave up four, and that was a back-breaking sequence.
Fortune favored BC on Saturday, and the Eagles also made more plays in the field. (Though Josh McLain had an excellent afternoon in center.)
NC State and BC will play a double-header on Sunday to make up for the game that was rained out on Friday. State will have Brian Brown on the bump for the first game, and the team needs him to set the tone early.